Detroit Pistons: The Greg Monroe Waiting Game

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Mar 9, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) grabs a rebound against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

As we officially reach the two-week mark of this year’s free agency period, Greg Monroe‘s future still remains undecided. With the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, among others, now off the market, it should be no surprise if interest and activity around Monroe builds very quickly from here.

As an organization, the Detroit Pistons have at least paid lip service to a desire to bring Monroe back for next year. From Stan Van Gundy, the man now in charge of basketball operations and coaching, right down to Monroe’s teammate Andre Drummond, the vibes have been encouraging.

They are going about things in the correct fashion, as there can be no doubt that Monroe will feel welcome if he does end up back in Detroit. The only real issue for both parties is that restricted free agency just isn’t that simple.

Just ask the Houston Rockets. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had spoken for months of his desire to keep Chandler Parsons, and the team’s willingness to match any offer.

That’s easier said than done though, and when Parsons signed a max offer sheet with the Mavericks, Morey ended up letting Parsons leave.

Although Detroit are reportedly willing to match any offer for Monroe, the longer time drags on and the more desperate teams get, the more expensive his next contract could be. With that in mind, let’s look at what seem to be the three most likely destinations for Monroe to end up in over the next month or so.

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